Bulletin 2015 African Union Heads of State Assembly (Jan 30-31) – on Theme of “Year of Women’s’ Empowerment & Development in Africa” – New Africa Scorecard Underlines Epidemic Levels of Gender Based Violence in 45 Countries, Undermining Development Goals

Africa Health, Human & Social Development Information Service Empowering Citizens & Communities; Building Policy Capacity for Improved Governance; With Multisectoral Evidence – for Sustainable Development Goals Follow us on Twitter @AfriDevInfo Special Publication & Editorial   African Union Heads of State Assembly, Ethiopia, January 30th – 31st 2015 – on Theme of “Year of Women’s Empowerment & Development in Africa“. Editorial Statement; Highlights of Findings, & Recommendations from New 2015 Africa Scorecard & Factsheet on Violence Against Girls & Women. Key Highlights The Chilling Role of Epidemic Levels of Gender Based Violence – in Undermining African & Global Development Goals on Girl Child Education; HIV, Reproductive, Sexual, Maternal & Child Health; Women’s Economic Empowerment; & Political Representation. Record Levels of Boys & Men Justify Gender Based Violence – & in 45 African Countries Between 16% and 83% of ADOLESCENT GIRLS Aged 15 to 19 Years Negatively Socialised & Indoctrinated to Accept & Justify Gender Based Violence as Normal – Including Over 50% in 28 countries. Heads of State & Governments Called on to Establish / Strengthen Independent National Gender & Equality Commissions in 2015 in All Countries (as Key Action of “AU Year of Women’s Empowerment”) – with Mandate for Full Multisectoral Domestication of Protocol to the African Charter on Rights of Women – in Force Since 2005 – But Not Implemented. Call for AU Africa 2063 Agenda; Global Post 2015 Development Goals & Outcomes of Beijing+20 Review – to Include Trackable Programatic Commitments, Goals & Targets – with Legislative and Budget Support – to Eradicate Epidemic Levels of Violence Against Girls & Women. Call for Establishment of Independent Global...

Bulletin On SADC Health Ministers Jan 12th-16th 2015 – Sexual & Reproductive Health; & HIV: 2 New Scorecards, & Lessons for Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria,& Ethiopia.

Africa Health, Human & Social Development Information Service Empowering Citizens & Communities; Building Policy Capacity for Improved Governance; With Multisectoral Evidence – for Sustainable Development Goals In Partnership With HIVOS/Southern Africa Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights Fund Follow Us For More Info On Twitter- @AfriDevInfo  Special Publication & Statement On: SADC Health Ministers Conference, Zimbabwe, January 12th – 15th 2015; Significance of Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights, to Human Security, & Human Development in SADC, & Africa as a Whole. Contents: Key Highlights & Findings – From Two New SADC Scorecards & Factsheets on: Universal Health Coverage; Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights; & HIV – Ahead of January 12th – 15th SADC Health Ministers Conference Holding at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. (Being part of series on SRHR in Southern Africa). Special Public / Media Statement Calling on SADC Secretariat/ Southern Africa Ministers of Health, Gender, Youth & Education – to Commence Early Multisectoral Consultation Process on SADC Frameworks Due for Review & Renewal in 2015 – on Sexual & Reproductive Health, HIV, Gender & Youth. Caution for Non-SADC Countries on SRHR & HIV – Especially Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda & Ethiopia – Non-SADC African Countries Amongst Global Top Ten with Highest Numbers of People Living with HIV ; & Highest Global HIV Mortality. Key Highlights & Findings From Scorecards & Factsheets. In the run up to SADC Health Ministers Conference holding January 12th to 15th 2015 at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe; and due 2015 review / renewal of SADC Sexual & Reproductive Health, HIV, Gender & Youth Frameworks – Afri-Dev and Africa MNCH Coalition publish new two SADC...